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Almond Eye In The Hong Kong Cup - Can the wondermare become the GOAT?

If Almond Eye salutes in the Group One Hong Kong Cup on HKIR does she have a case as one of the greatest of all-time?
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Is Almond Eye the greatest of all-time? (Getty Images)

Almond Eye In The Hong Kong Cup - Can the wondermare become the GOAT?

Let's get this out of the way first, Almond Eye is the world's best active racehorse and it's not even close.

Unfortunately we didn't get to see her go head-to-head with UK star Enable in October's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, but mare's win in the Tenno Sho Autumn was so dominant that we feel connections made the right choice bypassing France.

Now the wondermare has set her sights on the Hong Kong International Races, where she'll confront the Group One Hong Kong Cup on December 8.

Almond Eye is the $1.50 favourite at online bookmaker Ladbrokes to win the race, with French stayer Rise High ($8) the only other horse in single figures.

A win in the 2000m feature would be her sixth Group One win and the third top level success in a separate racing jurisdiction. This would already place Almond Eye among the sport's elite given only a handful have runners have achieved that feat.

If she does claim the Hong Kong Cup and goes on to run in the 2020 Arc, is Almond Eye pushing her case to be considered the greatest of all-time?

There's no doubt her owners are looking to create history with Almond Eye, which means a tilt at the 2020 Cox Plate is a real possibility too. The Japanese aren't afraid to come to Australia and conquering one of our greatest races would almost solidify her status as the GOAT.

Almond Eye's owners have proven that they are not afraid to take on a new challenge, and while we respect and laud the accomplishments of Winx, the one knock on her career was she never got tested overseas.

Jumping the gun a bit? Perhaps, and she does need to get the Hong Kong Cup under her belt first, but we believe registering Group/Grade One wins in four separate racing jurisdictions would hand her the title of the greatest racehorse of all-time.

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